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#7331 of 7355 Re: our newest comparison test [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 15, 2013 (6:20 pm)
Reading the comparo makes me happy to stay with Mitsubishi.
#7332 of 7355 Re: our newest comparison test [Stever@Edmunds]
Aug 06, 2013 (2:28 pm)
Edmunds took their CX-5 on a long trip and got a bit over 24 mpg.
Out west trip
#7333 of 7355 Re: our newest comparison test [explorerx4]
Aug 06, 2013 (3:43 pm)
my nephew has a 1 YO RAV4 (with the spare tire). a 4 cyl. I asked him, and he said he gets about 26mpg on a highway run. I get 27-28 in our RDX. I am sure he beats us around town, but the combo of cylinder deactivation, tall gearing, and other tricks makes the V6 amazingly economical cruising.
I drove down to the shore last week, and on a leg with a back highway stretch (so some lights) then a 75mph highway run, when I got off the TC was sitting at 30.4. Even backroad running after that and overall I got ~29 on that trip.
#7334 of 7355 all the crossovers look like minivans these days
Sep 02, 2013 (7:18 am)
I can read about performance, reliability and such till I'm blue in the face. My question is more of a shallow/cosmetic one. I loved my 98 CRV. I am finally in a position to buy something newer (possibly brand new) and all the compact SUVs have that sleek design making them looking like small minivan- soccer mom cars. I liked that my older CR-V had more of that truck look while still being a small car.
Any thoughts on crossovers that look more Jeep-y for lack of a better fake word?
#7335 of 7355 Re: all the crossovers look like minivans these days [sfran7]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 02, 2013 (7:26 am)
The Forester has been "updated" but it's still somewhat boxy.
You could go whole hog and get a Transit Connect.
#7336 of 7355 Re: all the crossovers look like minivans these days [Stever@Edmunds]
Sep 02, 2013 (8:01 am)
ha! I'll get right on that. The Forester is definitely top on my list but it sits lower like a sedan. Oh well. I'm short and hate when most of the hood is taking up my line of sight.
#7337 of 7355 Re: all the crossovers look like minivans these days [sfran7]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 02, 2013 (8:19 am)
The "upright" seating position is one reason why I like minivans. Even those guys are less boxy these days though.
The Kia Soul is another one I've considered.
#7338 of 7355 Re: all the crossovers look like minivans these days [Stever@Edmunds]
Sep 02, 2013 (4:58 pm)
Agreed on the upright seating position. I think that'll keep me in crossover land v. going back to a sedan. But my reason is medical. My right knee is a little bad. When using cruise control in a crossover I can comfortably set my foot flat on the floorboard while retaining some thigh support. In a sedan I can't so I wind up "crossing" my right leg to the left & resting it on the side of my foot. That creates a torque on my knee that distresses the joint. (And yeah I've gone through PT; it just isn't going to get better)
I'll freely admit the seats in my wife's Elantra are way better/less fatiguing for long haul cruising than those in my Outlander. But the Outlander wins if there's any decent chance of using cruise control.
#7339 of 7355 Re: all the crossovers look like minivans these days [sfran7]
Sep 04, 2013 (6:34 am)
Check out a certified pre-owned 2012 Escape. They still look like SUVs, were rock solid because the design had been around awhile, and had friendly driving dynamics like Hondas do.
#7340 of 7355 Re: all the crossovers look like minivans these days [sfran7]
Sep 04, 2013 (9:43 am)
Yes, glad the 2014 Forester stayed relatively boxy. It has low center-of-gravity for good handling, due partly to the boxer engine design, but actually has best-in-class ground clearance of 8.7"! A height-adjustable driver's seat is standard on every single trim level, so that should alleviate any feeling of peering over a high dash & hood. (I'm not particularly tall, and have the exact same peeve about many cars, but found the new Forester to be great in this regard when I test drove an XT trim. The great visibility all around helps, too.) With the best AWD, fuel economy, safety & reliability, exceptional rear seat room & overall utility, all at a great price, the redesigned Forester seems like a "best pick" to me. It drives nicely, too.